Wahl Professional has named Stephanie Polansky as its new Global Director of Education. Polansky brings 27 years of industry experience, beginning as a stylist to most recently serving as Global Director of Education and Shows for Sexy Hair while heading two sister brands, STMNT and MyDentity, under the Henkel umbrella. Prior to that, she served as Head of Global Education Innovation at KMS and managed education development for Pureology and Redken.
In her new role, Polansky will work closely with Wahl’s education leads around the world to create consistent, sharable assets via a global knowledge hub, strengthening the company’s position as a global brand. She will drive content creation including product knowledge on all of the Wahl tools in each country’s native language, as well as create virtual academies featuring Wahl educators in countries around the world.
“What drew me to the brand is the fact that they are family owned and have an entrepreneurial spirit. The Wahl brand itself is just so amazing, and to be a part of it is huge,” Polansky says. “Being able to help barbers and stylists become stronger at what they do is a big draw, as well as creating new content to help them better understand the Wahl tools. There is so much potential for education that can make them stronger.“
Polansky’s background as a stylist combined with her experience in education management makes her ideally suited for the position, both in developing curriculum and teaching proper technique in using Wahl tools.
“We are very excited to see how Stephanie will leverage all the education work Wahl performs around the world and funnel it all in a way to grow our overall brand, and flat-out teach the professional hair industry how to cut hair even better,” said Lance Wahl, Global Vice President of Professional Products for Wahl Professional.